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'Pripyat' sign in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine. From <em>Chernobyl: A Stalkers' Guide.</em>
A rooftop view of Battersea Power Station in London, UK.
Gantry cranes at an abandoned train depot, Bulgaria.
The Malago Stormwater Intercept – aka 'Dreadnought Drain' – Bristol, UK.
Highway through the desert south of Yazd, Iran.
The 'Hill of Crosses,' a Catholic pilgrimage site near Šiauliai, Lithuania.
'RTCG' – Radio & TV Building in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Mandalay Palace, Myanmar.
The view from Morro Castle looking across the bay towards Havana, Cuba.
Askoldova Drain, a four-level groundwater drainage network beneath Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Mound of Glory (by architect O. Stakhovich & sculptor A.Bembel, 1969) outside Minsk, Belarus.
Midnight at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK.

Darmon had no interest in photography before around 2011. When he did start taking photos, it was mostly just to jog his own memory... he'd look at them later, alongside his notes, when he sat down to write about the places he visited. But then he started to enjoy it. In 2013 he bought his first serious camera in Hong Kong, and immediately took it for a test drive on the rooftop of a 60-storey hotel.

Since then his photographs have appeared on The Guardian, the BBC, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, Radio Free Europe, The Huffington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Post, Business Insider, Arch Daily, The Spaces, The Calvert Journal, Atlas Obscura, Hyperallergic, Mental Floss, Maxim, Dangerous Minds, Psyche, Vox, and others. They have been published in print by Scholastic, Collins and Reaktion Books.

Darmon’s architecture photography has additionally appeared in Scientific American, the Cornell Journal of Architecture, the Téoros Journal of Tourism Research, and The Architectural Review, in addition to various architecture magazines around the world: including STUDIO (Italy), ARCH+ (Germany), Autoportret and Bryla (both Poland). In 2017 his photograph of an unfinished nuclear power plant in Cuba made the cover of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

Darmon’s images have been used elsewhere, as cover designs for three different novels and as artwork in a Pink Floyd vinyl bootleg release. They have been used as album covers by the French dub techno label Berg Audio, and by the Bulgarian black metal band Drevna. In 2020 Darmon’s photographs of Battersea Power Station featured in a music video for the synthpop two-piece Battery Operated Orchestra.

Much of Darmon's photography can be found on his own websites, Monumentalism and Ex Utopia. His first solo publication, Chernobyl: A Stalkers’ Guide (FUEL, 2020), includes roughly 150 of his photographs from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.


The Locals – Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Prague, Czechia. September 2020.

Pomnik – National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. December 2018.

Macedonian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy. May 2018.

SOS Brutalism – Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany. October 2017.

Making a Difference – Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg. October 2017.

Russian Sacred Arts Gallery at Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC, United States. August 2014.

© Darmon Richter 2020